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Re: NATLANG: Colors

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, April 22, 2004, 4:57
"Mark P. Line" wrote:
> > David Peterson said: > > Oh, I just remembered one. One universal (and I'm pretty sure this is a > > universal) is that a language will have *at most* 11 *basic* color terms > > That's what they say, alright.
From what I recall, they simply said that 11 *seemed to be* the maximum. At any rate, maximum aside, their theories about the basic colors seems quite sound, at least up to the 7-color stage. I would argue that there's not a large enough sample to argue about color terms above the 7-color level (as far as I know, only the European languages, and languages in contact with those, have those higher colors, which makes me doubt how reasonable it is to extrapolate to a universal)